Taiwan TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) is one of the world’s largest shadow technology companies.
Although many people do not know it, today it dominates the manufacture of the most advanced chips and is the supplier of semiconductors that are used by most of the latter brands such as Apple, and even brands such as Qualcomm, the last Design the chips. Intel or Nvidia.
This week TSMC made a move that will be crucial for its 2023 device launch: Mass production of processors with 3-nanometer architecture will begin this week,
This Thursday, the Asian company will hold an event at Factory 18 of its technology park in southern Taiwan, at which it will present its plans for 3-nanometer technology, as reported by phone arena,
Architecture is a fundamental aspect in microchip design as it determines the number of transistors that can be placed in a single location. Transistors are what defines processing power and energy efficiency.
small number of nanometersmore transistors can be placed in the same space, and hence it is achieved The processor is more powerful and consumes less energy To do the same work and have more capacity.
TSMC was already using the 4-nanometer process architecture for its most advanced 2022 processors, which is found in products such as Apple’s A16 Bionic chip, which was used in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max launched last September was done in
The 4-nanometer technology allowed Apple to pack 16 billion transistors into the A16 Bionic, up from the 8.5 billion transistors it was able to achieve with its 2019 chips. With 3-nanometer nodes, TSMC is expected to be able to achieve even more. transistor no.
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Predictions go ahead that Apple will use these semiconductors to make its Chips A17 BionicWhich will use its high-end iPhone 15s from 2023. TSMC counts Apple as its largest customer, accounting for 25% of its revenue.
Apart from iPhones, the Taiwanese company is also a supplier of semiconductors used in Apple’s own computer processors. M2 Pro and M3 chips may feature 3-nanometer technologyWhich will be used by MacBook, iMac and Mac from 2023.
Currently, TSMC has only one competitor in the manufacture of 3-nanometer processors: Samsung, which already manufactures these chips with GAA systems ,get-all-aroundIn English), which allows for more precise control of the information in each transistor through the placement of more versatile gates.
TSMC is not expected to start using GAA technology in 3 nanometer, and will instead bet finfet systemWidely used among today’s high-end chips.